Gallery: 2017 scooters take over Paris

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The new Yamaha TMAX, Honda X-ADV and BMW C650 Sport tackle the mean streets of Paris.

It’s Saturday afternoon traffic chaos on the Périphérique. Cars are snarled nose-to-tail like a shimmering metal snake in the early summer French sunshine. The only movement here are swarms of big scooters, buzzing through the slumbering traffic like flies. Most are TMAXs. 

Wearing open-faced helmets, T-shirts and trainers, Parisians lazily ride their Yamahas one-handed, a left foot dangling, elbow on the knee. They look more at where they’ve just been than where they’re going – but they’re still cracking 60mph, brushing between Peugeot door mirrors with deft avoidance. You can’t help but get a kick out of being part of this crazy show. 

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Accompanying our TMAX is Hondas new X-ADV and the BMW C650. We wanted to find out which one would be best for tackling the streets of the French capital

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